Monday, June 28, 2021

The Worst Boy In Town.

During the day, Pepe (Raul Buenfil) is hanging out happily & carefree with his close buddies. They watch a neighbor girl showering through the rooftop of their rundown apartment building, fondle a woman walking by them, singing around in the streets with a guitar, and even head to the local theater to see a certain cult Spanish movie. Right after this usual daily routine of doing nothing and sodomizing a girl; Pepe gets dressed up for the night and it’s quite a twist. You see, Pepe is a transvestite prostitute. He dresses up as a woman and heads out to a small cabaret where men specifically seek sex from other men who dress as women. There’s also some shows going on like a Veronica Castro look-a-like singing a hit song of hers. After the weird show and a few drinks—Pepe calling himself “Emmanuel” fucks a creepy-looking dude who talks too much. 

I watched El Chico Temido De La Vecindad (aka "The Worst Boy In Town") twice and I wondered both times what exactly was director Enrique Gomez Vadillo trying to show us here. Was this hour-long movie trying to send out a social commentary on poverty, homosexuality & transvestism? Something ill about those certain things perhaps? And I say this because most people think Vadillo had portrayed homosexuality in his movies very negatively and I can see why considering Muerte En La Playa is a bitter/psycho-toned movie about a self-hating young gay man, but in Chico Temido it’s just kind of portrayed weirdly. It doesn’t feel negative at all, but it is rather bizarre and even surprising since you don’t expect Pepe to be what he is at night. Pepe comes off as a typical male chauvinist with a high-competitive streak & an eye for women who are easy to get with. I guess you can say Vadillo here was just showing how people really aren’t what they seem. They might just be someone completely fucking different. Pepe also seems to be prostituting himself solely for the income since near the end of the movie he mentions about making money (money made from fucking dudes), and how the money will go to his mother & their bills. With that, it seems there is a poverty/social commentary in this movie as well. A reminder of how many young people in poverty unfortunately resort to sex work. Tragic, but oh so common. 

But aside from whatever commentary/idea Enrique Gomez Vadillo had in mind, he of course got all the guys in the movie completely naked for pleasurable reasons. Vadillo must of had a joyous time filming Chico Temido considering the movie has an infamous shower scene with many dicks flopping around and manly buttocks getting wet. Remember I mentioned the guys go see a certain cult Spanish film? Vadillo puts on a small nod for his first-produced movie which is Navajeros (Dulces Navajas). The guys are watching this movie in the theater and the scene that is playing on the screen is with Isela Vega & José Luis Manzano fucking around. More shots of dicks appear here of course. 

El Chico Temido De La Vecindad is an intriguing little watch and very fucking weird as well. And for it to be super loosely based on a comical folk song makes it all the more fucking weird & intriguing. Maybe that’s good, maybe that’s bad. Whatever the case, it is worth a watch for the very curious people in dire need to see all of Enrique Gomez Vadillo’s movies. After all, he was a fascinating filmmaker and a notoriously weird & deranged man, so who would not want to watch movies made by such an intriguingly crazy person like this?